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The Pharmacy Benefit Podcast | Achieving Widespread COVID-19 Vaccination

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Claire Wulf Winiarek, Vice President of Policy for the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) returns as the guest host in the latest episode of The Pharmacy Benefit podcast! This week, Claire is joined by Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) as well as Dr. Sree Chaguturu, the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark. Together, they review the COVID-19 vaccination rollout and examine health inequities that still exist for underserved communities and underrepresented minorities.

While the overall rollout of the vaccine is going well, both in large and small communities, there is still work to be done. Dr. Rios notes the unique challenges of helping particular communities access the vaccine, such as the Hispanic community.

Public education about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine is crucial. Dr. Chaguturu discusses the hesitancy of many folks to take the vaccine. He points out the valuable role leaders in the health care community can play in building public trust. Patients put immense trust in doctors, nurses, and physicians. Seeing those professionals take the vaccine sets an example for the community and encourages individuals to receive the vaccine themselves.

Listen to Part 1 of the episode of the Pharmacy Benefit Podcast here.

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